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Skull Explorer by CopperCentipede
Skull Explorer
Tiny jumping spider emerging from the nasal cavity of a bird skull.

It was hanging around on one of my cactus plants so moved the pot to a spot where there's better light for photos. It jumped off the pot and hunkered down inside this small chicken skull for a few minutes... waited carefully with the camera ready and got a few shots as it peeked out and started to explore. Such a tiny spider, was hard to get the the camera to focus on it instead of the skull's textures in the foreground... wish the spider's eyes were clearer but this was one of the better photos. The skull is about 2 1/2" long to give an idea of scale.
Rare to post non-art related photos but though this one was good enough to share. Lot of interesting shapes and textures in the skull.
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Massive Stone Cthulhu Idol in Progress by CopperCentipede
Massive Stone Cthulhu Idol in Progress
Much further along since first shown. Getting to the fun part, all those scales and ridges. Just started details on the wings and still need to blend the wings and neck into the back/body once the rough details are all there, then do the arms. Started with an 18lb block of mostly-rectangular soapstone. 8 1/4" high by 5" wide and 3 1/4" deep.
Commissioned work for a client overseas.

Earlier photos:
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thumbnail's not working, so here's a link?
coppercentipede.deviantart.com…
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The new molds made of a few older idols and two new pieces were finished. After many tests, figured out a way to eliminate most of the surface air bubbles when using the new molds. Took several tries to get it right, but they look MUCH better. : ) One thing that has helped with quality in the large pieces that were troublesome is casting them in solid resin instead of hollow like before. The other trick was preparing the molds with something to draw the viscous resin into the fine details via capillary action. Then a few things done just after pouring. Really simple, but can't believe the difference.
There was a lot of experimentation on smaller pieces first so there are casts with varying degrees of air bubbles from earlier tries.
Elaborate Gold and Bronze Cthulhu Idols by CopperCentipede Sunk Relief Tablet with Tentacles by CopperCentipede Bronze Elder Sign Token by CopperCentipede
The new better quality casts as well as the flawed pieces (discounted) are in the shop. Still trying to settle into a system of pricing that makes sense for everything. Since adding items in the last month, went through and adjusted pricing of most of the older listings to reflect the new standard of quality and changes in materials/finishing techniques... in other words, most of the older pieces are now much much cheaper than they originally were to clear them out for higher quality and better looking casts in durable resin rather than plaster. There are still more second-quality pieces not in the store that are of uncertain fate, not sure what to do with 'em yet.

Come on in and take a look!
www.etsy.com/shop/GombabombInd…
  • Listening to: Night Vale Radio
  • Eating: a red pear
  • Drinking: old tea
Bronze Elder Sign Token by CopperCentipede
Bronze Elder Sign Token
A small etched token with the protective symbol of the Elder Sign. Oval shaped with deep etching. Around 1 1/2" by 1 1/4". Cast in colored resin and hand painted. Originally carved in plaster. Ended up larger than intended, originally wanted to make tokens that could be used for board/tabletop gaming (specifically to replace the cardboard pieces from the game Elder Sign, aka mythos themed endless-futile-dice-rolling game). Game token versions later perhaps.

First batch of tokens in bronze and green available here:
www.etsy.com/listing/203803384…
www.etsy.com/listing/203937598…
Slight discount since they were tests for improving quality and have some flaws.
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The new molds made of a few older idols and two new pieces were finished. After many tests, figured out a way to eliminate most of the surface air bubbles when using the new molds. Took several tries to get it right, but they look MUCH better. : ) One thing that has helped with quality in the large pieces that were troublesome is casting them in solid resin instead of hollow like before. The other trick was preparing the molds with something to draw the viscous resin into the fine details via capillary action. Then a few things done just after pouring. Really simple, but can't believe the difference.
There was a lot of experimentation on smaller pieces first so there are casts with varying degrees of air bubbles from earlier tries.
Elaborate Gold and Bronze Cthulhu Idols by CopperCentipede Sunk Relief Tablet with Tentacles by CopperCentipede Bronze Elder Sign Token by CopperCentipede
The new better quality casts as well as the flawed pieces (discounted) are in the shop. Still trying to settle into a system of pricing that makes sense for everything. Since adding items in the last month, went through and adjusted pricing of most of the older listings to reflect the new standard of quality and changes in materials/finishing techniques... in other words, most of the older pieces are now much much cheaper than they originally were to clear them out for higher quality and better looking casts in durable resin rather than plaster. There are still more second-quality pieces not in the store that are of uncertain fate, not sure what to do with 'em yet.

Come on in and take a look!
www.etsy.com/shop/GombabombInd…
  • Listening to: Night Vale Radio
  • Eating: a red pear
  • Drinking: old tea

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CopperCentipede
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I feel weird when I'm not making things. Wait. No. That's not right... I feel weird ALL THE TIME.

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Neleyna Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fav! <3
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Ashlmet Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
HEY HI HELLO!

Stopping by to thank you so so much for faving! It really means a lot!!

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MakroMantis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student General Artist
That's some great carvings and casts you made ^^
I particularly enjoy your Cthulhu and Shoggoth pieces idols and your props :)
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GreatShinigami Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Thanks for the fav!^^
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fav :highfive:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the fave on Stellers Sea Eagle III :hug: ^-^
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Kivutar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave. c:
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greenwillow13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the +fav good sir!
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EDF-Guy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Thanks for the Fave guy!
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Tribal-RainDance Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the favourites!
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